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Ireland: intellectual property documentation

The following is a detailed list of Irish patent documentation held within the British Library's intellectual property collections. This page covers material relating to the pre-1852 Irish system of patents, which was separate to that in England and Wales, and to the intellectual property system after 1922 in the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. From 1852 to 1922 Ireland was covered by the UK intellectual property system.

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.


Irish Patents Office/ Oifig na bPaitínní


Patent specifications

Specifications: B specs85921 - end 2013CD/ DVDIP Open Access
 81062 - 85920CD/ DVDIP Reserve North
 55716 - 81188PaperIP Reserve South
 10001 - 55715MicroformIP Reserve North
Amended specifications1983 - 1990PaperIP Reserve South

Patent databases

Patent databasemid-1970s - to dateOnline
Patent register (status)mid-1970s - to dateOnline

Indexes and abstracts

Official Journal of Patents and Designs (abstracts of applications until 1992, name and classification indexes bound in until 1988)1929 - 1992PaperIP Reserve South
Classified lists of patents1927 - 1937PaperIP Reserve South

Official journals

Official Journal of Patents and DesignsNovember 2002 - to dateOnline
 1929 - 2004PaperIP Reserve South

Miscellaneous patent publications

Annual Report1998 - to dateOnline
 1929 - 1998PaperIP Reserve South
Patents In Force1931PaperIP Reserve South

Trade Marks

Trade Mark DatabaseCurrentOnline
Trade Mark RegisterCurrentOnline
Official Journal of Trade Marks (name index until 1987)1928 - 1996PaperIP Reserve South
After 1996 trade marks are included in the main official journal


Design DatabaseCurrentOnline
Design RegisterCurrentOnline
Name Index1990 - 2004Online
Designs were included in the main official journal on paper

Pre-1852 Irish patent documentation

Chronological list of Irish patents (manuscript)1788 - 1853PaperIP Open Access
Name Index to Irish patents (manuscript)1788 - 1853PaperIP Open Access
The majority of the official records relating to the pre-1852 Irish patent system were destroyed by fire in 1922